About the Honors Institute

photo of a students at the honors institute lunchThe Honors Institute is a multi-track learning experience that includes a provocative community event. Its purpose is to prepare Honors students to think beyond their academic training and to make it a habit of incorporating this training into larger, humanistic considerations of the common good. Focusing each year on a different contemporary intellectual issue of ethical importance, the Institute consists of:

  • interdisciplinary Honors seminar(s)
  • a civic engagement project for Honors seminar students
  • a community keynote address, free and open to the public, delivered by a figure of national or international prominence
  • a community Institute luncheon, free and open to the public, including a thought-provoking address from experts, media professionals, or humanities scholars

This Year's Topic

This year's Honors Institute in conjunction with the Office of the President and Disability Services addresses redefining the face of disability in celebration of the 25th anniversay of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Keynote Address

Maysoon Zayid will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Honors Institute. It will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wright State University Student Union, Apollo Room. The keynote address, in collaboration with the Wright State University Presidential Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.

Honors Institute Luncheon

The 2016 Honors Institute Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Please check back. More detailed information will be coming soon. 

Previous Honors Institute Topics

  • 2006 - The Human Brain featuring Dr. Oliver Sacks, physician and author
  • 2007 - Poverty and Society featuring Dr. Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
  • 2008 - Creating Sustainable Environments featuring Dr. Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize recipient and award-winning academic
  • 2009 - Free Speech in a Global Society featuring Mr. Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize recipient and New York Times columnist
  • 2010 - Connecting with China featuring Mr. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic
  • 2011 - Intersections of Memory featuring Ms. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award winning journalist and author
  • 2012 - Exploring the Oceans featuring Dr. Robert Ballard, Deep-Sea Explorer and Discoverer of the Titanic
  • 2013 - Mysteries of the Universe featuring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
  • 2014 - Physics of the Future featuring Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • 2015 - The Digital Revolution featuring Mr. Steve Wozniak, co-founder and Apple, creator of the Apple I and II and Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist.